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About Me


You know, I realized that, after over a decade of operation, I have never really written an "About Me" page on my web site. No time like the present!

I was born in 1973 in the state of West Virginia, United States of America,

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End Domestic Abuse


Recently, I've been conducting a great deal of research on blogging. Trying to understand what currently drives the blogosphere. After a great deal of "research" -- said research being mostly "reading random links from bloggers who stay current" -- I've come to the conclusion that, by and large, most bloggers are still doing what they've always done. Journaling their personal life, sometimes with hope of compensation, but more often than not simply so they have a place to express themselves, and more importantly, receive feedback that they are normal.

This morning I chanced across Pretty in Pink. I surfed through a number of recent posts to find something that interested me. Her blog details the usual day-to-day events and goings-on in her life, liberally mixed with product reviews and the paid endorsements and advertising links that are so common today. While perusing her recent entries, though, I happened across Pink's recent post on post on Domestic Violence that stood out to me. Excerpt:

I began to think if being a battered wife is also normal? is it? does that mean once you commit your self to the man legally, it also gives him the right to punch you as often as he likes, does that mean too that once your married it also follows of submitting your human rights to the one person you think who loves you completely. If that is the case, then eventually married life will turn out to be hell and i pity those women who becomes helpless because of the bind between them.

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"Whatever hatred saves the number."

This nonsense sentence has a meaning behind it. As many of you have probably guessed, I'm working on posting more content to my web site. Part of my reason for this, at heart, is an experiment with this hypothesis:

A reasonably-intelligent person can make enough money from blogging to support a somewhat-expensive hobby, and possibly much more.

My expensive hobby is radio-controlled aircraft. I totally have self-interest at stake here. Monetizing my blog combines two things I love: writing and getting paid!

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Positive Relationships for Employment Opportunities

When I was a kid, I often heard my parents tell me to think positive. It was a kind of declaration, much like "clean your room": easy to say, harder to do. I remember thinking to myself, "Really? I don't think I can change how I feel about this."

And you know what? It's true. I can't change how I feel.

I can only change how I act. I'll explain.

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How to REALLY consolidate your debt

Getting out of deep debt isn't easy. It's a process that takes time, diligence, and attention to detail. You can do it by yourself, or you can find a lot of people willing to do it for you... for a fee. I'm going to talk about building a successful strategy for your own debt relief, and then touch on available options for those who can't – or won't – do it by themselves. I plan to talk about some tools I've used to help with this in the past, and some simple strategies to help you achieve your financial goals without additional loans, grants, or commercial debt consolidation program.

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Retro Bard's Tale-style gaming returns in Underworld

Jay Barnson again brings us a new independent game review of a title called "Swords and Sorcery Underworld". Nice to hear about a game that revitalizes a genre while accounting for modern gaming sensibilities.

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How much will a .50 nitro heli REALLY cost me?

Well, here's a breakdown for you.

Typical setup for a Pantera 50 -- mine -- follows. Format is "retail/new & discounted/used" for prices. Leaving out the transmitter.

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What's Really Going On Inside A Dying Lithium Battery

Warning: Science ahead! Close your eyes and turn away, you've been warned!

Many radio-control enthusiasts experience disappointment with the cycle life of their Lithium-based batteries in electric aircraft. Often this is because they're not entirely sure what's going on inside the battery, and choose a capacity or voltage that's inappropriate for their application. Ultimately, this manifests itself in "swelling" or "ballooning" of a Lithium battery. This editorial attempts to explain what's actually going on when this happens.

Chemically, there can be three causes for the swelling of a LiPo battery, and one exacerbating condition that makes it worse across the board. These occur in hard-shell Lithium Ion batteries, too, but the hard shell can withstand several atmospheres of pressure before expanding.

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Old 666

My brother Jay posted a great story we watched on Sunday: Old 666. Excerpt:

Zeamer and his misfit crew seized the plane, and worked to restore it and make it airworthy again. Not just restore it – they decided to customize it. They added nearly 50% more guns to the bird, including a forward-firing machinegun so Zeamer could also shoot, like a fighter pilot. They replaced the .30 caliber machine guns with bigger .50 caliber guns – or, in some cases, twin .50 caliber guns. When they were done, their aircraft – number 41-2666 (or 12666, depending on the account) was the most heavily armed bomber in the entire Pacific theater of World War II.

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Vuvuzelas considered harmful to carpets

Be careful about blowing your Vuvuzela at your dog in the house.

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